Antenna Powering Imagination at the Marshall Steam Museum with New Audio Tour for Kids and Adults

Operating Steamer Car and Train Museum Rolls-Out Entertaining Audio
Tour Content to Drive Powerful Engagement with the Past

YORKLYN, Del.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#DIY–The Marshall
Steam Museum at Auburn Heights Preserve
, featuring the world’s
largest operating collection of Stanley steam cars, today announced the
availability of a highly-engaging audio tour that promotes hands-on
exploration and fosters contextual discovery for both kids and adults.
The audio tour will be used to enhance the Museum’s newest exhibit, Letting
Off Steam: The Stanley Legacy
, opening on Sunday, August 7th.

“By introducing an audio tour to our visitors, we’re able to provide
them with additional material that we simply couldn’t fit on the
labels,” said Susan Randolph, Executive Director of the Marshall Steam
Museum at Auburn Heights. “We’re able to offer a deeper narrative and a
richer context for the pieces we exhibit. Some of the material on cars
and trains can be rather complex, particularly for our younger visitors
– so the audio tour will help them to follow along, while providing an
entertaining characterization of the innovations they’re observing.”

The audio tour takes visitors on a fascinating journey through the rise,
fall, and resurrection of steam-powered vehicles. The narrative ushers
visitors through the poignant inflection points in the automotive age
and offers thought provoking insights that put the vehicles we drive
today into clearer context. For instance, the tour draws a unique
parallel between automobile power sources of today, and those used in
the early 1900’s – helping visitors to understand how power sources have
evolved, and consider how they may continue to shift in the future.

The Marshall Steam Museum constructed the tour using Antenna
Direct
, a DIY audio tour package developed exclusively for small
museums and galleries by Antenna, a leader in digital content design and
mobile experiences for historic and cultural institutions. Using this
technology, the Museum can make frequent updates to their tour
experience, offering repeat visitors a new and unique perspective each
time they return.

“The audio tour technology will allows us to try new things – to
prototype and experiment with our content – and see how people respond,”
Randolph said. “We love the flexibility – and why not use technology to
help tell a story about technology?”

“The audio tour assembled by the Marshall Steam Museum utilizes the same
technology currently being used by some of the most revered museums in
the world,” said [Antenna spokesperson]. “It’s amazing to see what much
smaller museums are capable of achieving when provided with the same
tools and technical resources.”

On Tuesday, August 2nd from 7-9 pm, the Marshall Steam Museum
will host a special open house preview where visitors can experience the
new audio tour and explore the exhibit, Letting Off Steam: The
Stanley Legacy
. For more information, visit http://auburnheights.org.

About Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights Preserve
Less
than five minutes from the center of Hockessin, Delaware the Marshall
Steam Museum at Auburn Heights Preserve offers visitors a chance to step
back in time and experience life at the dawn of the automotive age. The
now-museum was built by T. Clarence Marshall in 1947 to house his
growing collection of antique automobiles. Today, visitors can enjoy the
many treasures at Auburn Heights thanks to the generosity and vision of
Clarence’s son, Tom, and his wife, Ruth. In 2008, they gifted to
Delaware State Parks the estate land and buildings, including a
beautiful 1897 Queen Anne mansion that was the Marshall home, while
donating to the Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve, a 501(c)3 charitable
organization, the extraordinary vehicles of the Marshall collection. The
museum features the world’s largest operating collection of Stanley
steam cars, a 1916 electric car, and two 1930s Packards, in addition to
the Auburn Valley Railroad with its 1/8th-size coal-fired steam trains
that circle the property.

About Antenna ™
Founded in 1984, Antenna ™ is the leading
provider of technology, content, and related services to the world’s
artistic, historic, and cultural institutions. In partnership with these
clients, Antenna delivers an immersive, indelible experience in multiple
languages to more than 63 million people across the globe each year.
With a proud heritage of award-winning innovation, Antenna enables
people to see more clearly, understand more deeply, and appreciate
culture more widely using a variety of technologies. For more
information, visit www.antennainternational.com
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